Harry Reid on 2016: ‘I Plan to Run’

“My staff has continued to review my new campaign,” the Senate minority leader said of a reelection bid. “We have quite an operation.”

Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid leaves a meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill January 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
National Journal
Jan. 22, 2015, 8:37 a.m.

Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, re­cov­er­ing from a ser­i­ous eye in­jury and pre­par­ing for sur­gery, in­sisted Thursday that he will run for reelec­tion in 2016.

“I plan to run,” he said dur­ing his first press con­fer­ence since his workout ac­ci­dent. “My staff has con­tin­ued to re­view my new cam­paign. We have quite an op­er­a­tion.”

Re­id ap­peared in a tiny room in­side the Cap­it­ol packed with re­port­ers and pho­to­graph­ers. He could barely be heard over the rain of shut­ter clicks as he poin­ted to his right eye and de­scribed his in­jury. His eye is still band­aged from the ac­ci­dent, in which he banged against a file cab­in­et when his ex­er­cise band snapped. He also has a bruise on his lower left cheek, but he oth­er­wise ap­peared nor­mal.

Re­id will un­der­go sur­gery on his eye Monday, which will re­quire him to work from home the rest of the week.

“There is no reas­on I can’t come back a week from Monday,” he said.

Re­id said he is lim­it­ing his time read­ing so as not to strain his left eye. An avid read­er, he has turned to au­dio books. “I quite en­joyed it, to be hon­est. I nev­er thought I would,” he said. Re­id said he is also in con­stant con­tact with his staff about the floor activ­it­ies now be­ing run by Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell.

Asked how he thinks Mc­Con­nell is do­ing, he said, “I’m not go­ing to give him a grade. He’s do­ing fine.”

Re­id also in­dic­ated that the up­com­ing Sen­ate con­sid­er­a­tion of Ir­an sanc­tions could pose some ques­tions for Demo­crats. “Ir­an sanc­tions right now are a mov­ing tar­get,” he said. Law­makers need to un­der­stand where the talks are go­ing and what will emerge from the Sen­ate com­mit­tees on the is­sue be­fore he can take a stand, Re­id said.

“I’m not go­ing to spec­u­late on what I’m go­ing to do,” he said.

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